Obituaries

Oberst, Norma Margarita Villamizar

Norma Margarita Villamizar Oberst was born on September 30, 1939 and died on July 16, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Luis Carlos and Rosemary Payne Villamizar. Norma is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Charles R. Oberst, who she married on September 16, 1961. She is also survived by her children, Michele Oberst, Charlie Oberst Jr., Alicia Oberst Walters (Dan), Paul Oberst (Jenny) and Amy Oberst Darnieder (Casey); grandchildren Daniel and Alex Walters, Cole Oberst, Paul Jr., William and Tucker Oberst, James and Gretchen Darnieder and other family member Andre Cantareira. Norma graduated at the age of 19 from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She was a supporter of the Louisville Orchestra, a Broadway Series Member, and a Music Theatre Louisville Board Member. She belonged to the Crescent Hill Women’s Club, was a Board Member for Sacred Heart Schools, President of the Fillies Inc., and Ball Chairman, Executive Board Member, Secretary and Director of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., and chairing the Pegasus Parade, Spelling Bee, Mini Marathon, Balloon Glow, and Balloon Race, KY Derby Princess, Pegasus Pin and Chow Wagon. Norma was a Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby host program member, where she and her husband hosted two KY Derby Winners. She was a Board Member of Stage One The Louisville Children’s Theatre, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Ballet Supporter, Jefferson County Medical Society Auxiliary, and President of the Louisville Women’s Club where she directed the annual musical program and dedicated the last song to her husband, “Love Changes Everything.” She was President of The Junior Circle and Queens Daughters where she modeled in their style show. She served on the Bellarmine University Women’s Council and the Bellarmine College Board of Overseers. She was past Chair of Bellarmine University Show House. She was the recipient of the Heart Award from Sacred Heart Academy and she was an honorary alumna of Sacred Heart Academy. She was a nursing instructor for St Anthony’s School of Nursing where her students passed their boards on their first test and Office Manager for Louisville OB-GYN Associates. Norma was a graduate of Leadership Louisville and the Bingham Fellows. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Church choir and Delta Zeta Sorority, as well as an active member of three investment clubs. In 1982, she became the co-owner of a KFC Franchise and with stores in three states. Norma was a board member of White Hall Home & Gardens and the home room mother for all five children at Sacred Heart Model School. She was the Girl Scout Troop Leader and a carpool “Mother of the Year”. She enjoyed horseback riding on her family farm in Louisiana and followed her mother’s footsteps as a superb bridge player and avid tennis player. She directed and performed two musicals and was herself a superb piano player playing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 at her high school graduation. Norma was an accomplished chef having learned from Camille Glen and studied under the Chinese Nuns while in Japan the art of Japanese and Chinese cooking. While in Japan, she graduated from the House of Ikenobo in Kyoto, Japan in the advance class of Art and Flower Arrangement. She loved to travel and visited over thirty countries. She was an avid University of Louisville sports fan and a member of the Louisville Boat Club. Importantly, she was a surrogate Mom to many.

Her funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25 at Holy Spirit, 3345 Lexington Road with burial following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 24 at the Highland Funeral Home 3331 Taylorsville Road. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sacred Heart Schools’ Endowment in the name of Norma V. Oberst or St. Xavier Endowment in the name of Norma V. Oberst.

Greenlee, Dorothy M.

Dorothy M. Greenlee passed on July 22, 2017 at the age of 91.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Greenlee and her sister, Norma Kellogg Carter. She was a nurse at Norton Hospital and a member of St. Mark Methodist Church, since 1960.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Brenda Stettenbenz (Larry) and Donald Greenlee (Mary); grandchildren, Monica Layton (Joel) and Thomas Stettenbenz; and great grandchildren, Amber Baldwin (Casey), James Layton, Drake Stettenbenz and Paisley Stettenbenz.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road followed by entombment.

Visitation is Friday, July 28, 2017 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy to St. Mark Methodist Church are appreciated.

Bott, Charles C. Jr.

Charles C. Bott Jr., 68, passed away on Friday July 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family after battling cancer.

“Sonny, Sunshine or Shine” was a retired union iron worker working out of Local 70 here in Louisville. His nickname, Sunshine, truly describes him to a tee. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could always make you laugh and enjoy yourself when he was around. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Gibson Bott and his father, Charles C. Bott Sr. Survivors include his two sons, Travis and Gregg Bott. His granddaughter, Taylor Bott and her mother Jaime Ludwig. Five siblings, Shirley (Ed) Kaelin, Jan Howard, Judy (Gene) Eichenberger, David (Gail) Bott and Michael (Mandy) Bott. He also had many nieces and nephews. Sonny was a member of the band “Wayne And The Goodtimes” in the 70s and 80s. Sonny was a Christian and attended Southwest Christian Church where he was a member.

Sonny chose to donate his body to the University of Louisville Medical School. The family wants to thank Hosparus Health of Louisville for their kindness, services and the excellent care they gave him. Expressions of sympathy can be given as a donation in Sonny’s name to Hosparus Health, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, Ky. 40205. The family will plan a memorial get-together to celebrate his life at a later date.

Beard, Walter Louis

Walter Louis Beard, 78, of Louisville, KY passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was born in Larue County, Kentucky to the late Jesse and Emma Beard. Walter proudly served his country in the United States Army.

He is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Georgia Beard.

Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Rose Drane and a host of many other family members and friends.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Walter was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Arch L. Heady & Son FH. 8519 Preston Hwy. Louisville, KY 40219 with burial following at Upton Cemetery in Hardin County Kentucky. Visitation was held the same day from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Maple Grove Baptist Church.

Please visit our website www.archlheadypreston.com to leave your online condolences for the family.

Hagan, Patricia Harpring

Patricia Harpring Hagan, age 79, passed away at her home surrounded by her children.

Born in Louisville November 6, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Charles and Dorothy Dolan Harpring.

Pat attended Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville and was a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York and its European branches and was an Interior Designer in Louisville and other cities for over 50 years. She was a signature member and past president of the Kentucky Watercolor Society and has paintings in numerous local galleries and private collections across the country. As member of Aqueous, she was the recipient of painting awards and accolades including the Castleman, Cherokee Triangle prize. She was a valued member of many art organizations as she worked in oil, acrylic and pastel as well as watercolor. She was known to be a gracious hostess who was helpful, unerringly kind and had a fantastic sense of humor.

The organizer of the KWS Plein Air group, she helped to create Brush with Nature which is now known as the most active Watercolor & artist group of its kind in Louisville.

Pat was also a member of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church; more than anything else, Pat enjoyed being a mother.

Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas Willett Hagan, M.D.

She has a very close knit family and is survived by her children, Colleen Hagan Compton, (Danny) their children, Heather, Cody (Sarah) and Heidi; Alice Hagan Taylor, (Todd) their children, Benjamin, Nicholas and Wesley; Kate Hagan Croce, (Paul) their children, Thomas, Jack, Elizabeth and Matthew; Sean Thomas Hagan, (Melissa) their children, Amelia and Piper. Her three brothers: Thomas Harpring (Gloria), Mike Harpring (Eileen) and Kevin Harpring (Laurie); 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Ratterman Brothers, East Louisville, 12900 Shelbyville Road. Mass was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, 1104 South 6th Street on Wednesday, July 26. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Norton Cancer Center, or to St. Louis Bertrand Church. Online condolences may be left at www.ratterman.com.